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Electoral fortune in Darjeeling hinges on permanent political solution to Gorkhaland demand

DARJEELING, APRIL 17: Amid a new political alignment in Darjeeling, the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland is back in focus and electoral fortune of parties hinges on promises of a permanent political solution to the long-pending issue. Although a separate Gorkhaland state resonated as a major issue in all elections till 2014, it took a backseat in the 2019 polls. Parties, including the indigenous GJM and GNLF, then emphasised on development and restoration of democracy in the region. Politics in the hills has seen many changes in the...
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Not letting them off hook: SC asks Ramdev, Balkrishna to issue public apology in Patanjali ads case

NEW DELHI, APRIL 16: The Supreme Court Tuesday granted 1-week time to yoga guru Ramdev, his aide Balkrishna and Patanjali Ayurved to issue a public apology in the misleading advertisements case, but said it was not letting them "off the hook" now. Both Ramdev and Balkrishna were present during the hearing and personally tendered an unqualified apology to the apex Court. A Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah took note of their apologies, but made it clear that at this stage it has not decided to "let them...
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‘Party apparatchik’: Congress slams India’s envoy to Ireland for critical remarks

NEW DELHI, APRIL 16: The Congress on Tuesday took strong objection to the criticism directed at it by the Indian envoy to Ireland while responding to an Irish daily's editorial, saying that attacking opposition parties openly in a manner like a "party apparatchik" was "disgraceful behavior" and the Ambassador should be sacked. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh hit out at Indian Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra over his remarks in his "rejoinder" to The Irish Times over what the Embassy said was a "highly biased and prejudiced editorial, casting aspersion on Prime...
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‘My name is Arvind Kejriwal and I’m not a terrorist’: AAP shares Delhi CM’s message from Tihar

NEW DELHI, APRIL 16: "My name is Arvind Kejriwal and I am not a terrorist", is the Delhi Chief Minister's message for the countrymen from Tihar jail, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said Tuesday, slamming the BJP for the treatment being meted out to him in custody. The BJP is trying to break him out of "malice and vendetta", but he will emerge stronger from all of this, Singh said. Addressing a press conference here, Singh alleged that a "notorious criminal" lodged in Tihar jail was allowed to meet his lawyer...
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Retired Judges write to CJI against attempts to ‘undermine’ judiciary

NEW DELHI, APRIL 15: Twenty one former Judges have shot off a letter to the Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud expressing their serious concerns over escalating attempts by certain factions to undermine the judiciary through calculated pressure, misinformation and public disparagement. Out of these 21 retired Judges prominent among them were - Justices Deepak Verma, Krishna Murari, Dinesh Maheshwari, MR Shah. Though the retired Judges did not specify the incidents which prompted them to write to the CJI, their letter came amid a war of words between the ruling...
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Wholesale inflation inches up marginally to 0.53% in March

NEW DELHI, APRIL 15: Wholesale inflation in the country rose marginally to 0.53% in March compared to 0.20% in the preceding month due to increase in prices of vegetables, potato, onion and crude oil. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was in the negative zone from April to October and had turned positive in November at 0.26%. The inflation in March 2023 was 1.41%. "The annual rate of inflation based on all-India Wholesale Price Index (WPI) number is 0.53% (provisional) for the month of March, 2024 (over March, 2023)", the...
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